Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Rustic Garden

I finally finished this large cement orb:
Here's how you can make one...
STEP1: Wrap a 16" schoolyard ball with plastic wrap.
STEP2: Apply cement tape.  You don't need to cover the entire ball.  Apply just enough for the cement to stick. Don't tape over a 5" radius from the hole.
STEP3: Put your safety gear on: chemical gloves, safety glasses and dust mask. Set the ball (hole-side down) on a bowl to stabilize it as you apply the cement.  Mix 8 cups each of portland cement, peat moss and perilite.  Add water and mix -- continue to add water until you get a consistency of peanut butter.  Adding too much water will cause the cement to sag and drop.
STEP4: Apply a one-inch thickness of cement to half the ball, cover with plastic sheeting and allow to harden for 24-36 hours.
STEP5: Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the other half of the ball.  Do not apply cement to a 5" radius from the hole.
STEP6: With safety gear on, sprinkle Iron Sulfate all over the ball and spray with water.  Allow to sit for at least 4 hours. Rinse completely with water.
STEP7: Use a pump needle to deflate the ball.
STEP8: Remove the ball, and plastic wrap. Display the finished orb in your garden.


  1. I have to say you did a really great job. Love how it turned out. Thankful it's the time of year that this kind of thing is easy to do as long as it isn't freezing and the cement can cure under cover. What a great gift this would make. Thank you so much for taking the time to share it with us. Love it!

    1. Thank you for stopping by, Patty. It's always great to hear that others get inspired and in turn share the outcome with others. I'm sure whomever you'll be making this for will be very happy :)


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